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Southwest Michigan’s manufacturing sector has clipped along at a moderate but steady growth rate over the last year.

More West Michigan manufacturers in the automotive supply chain could be adding new facilities and equipment over the next few years.

Published in Manufacturing

It’s likely that New Domestic OEMs will spur the majority of the North American automotive production growth going forward into the next five years.

Published in Manufacturing

Zeeland-based Gentex Corp. (NASDAQ: GNTX) closed its fourth quarter with single-digit sales growth compared to 2013 and projects high-single digit to low-double digit growth for the 2015 calendar, according to earning results released Jan. 28.

Published in In the News

As automakers embrace lightweighting as a key strategy to meet more stringent efficiency standards, that’s led to a shift toward new materials and new production processes designed to take unneeded mass out of vehicles.

Published in Manufacturing

A growing market in the southern United States has prompted one local manufacturer to expand its operations to the Lone Star State.

Published in Manufacturing

Since the dawn of the automotive industry more than a century ago, suppliers have come to expect production to have its ups and downs, but generally rise over the long term — much like the stock market. But that period of unbridled growth could come to an end within a generation.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 06 July 2014 22:00

Reaching for overdrive

A revised IHS Automotive production forecast for 2014 suggests automotive suppliers could see more orders than originally expected.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 02 February 2014 14:16

Ford puts the F-150 on a diet

Any car redesign is a major undertaking, but when the automobile in question has been the best-selling vehicle in North America for more than three decades, the stakes are particularly high for the automaker.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:00

Gap widens between tooling demand, capacity

Within five years, the gap between tooling capacity and demand from the automotive industry will be nearly $6 billion.

Published in Manufacturing
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